What gives meaning to life? Who deserves forgiveness? Is it ever OK to compromise our values? Which is more important—justice or mercy? How can we move beyond racial stereotypes? Whose life is worth living and who gets to decide that? These are some of the questions posed by this collection, whose characters—parents and children, friends and lovers, colleagues and classmates, constant comrades and scary strangers—grapple with injustice, love, political passion, fear of dying and the curse of conscience. Learn More
Edited by William Davies King. Foreword by Risa Brainin. Written by Linda Alper, Katie Bender, Jami Brandli, Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta, Leo Cabranes-Grant, Mia Chung, Yussef El Guindi, Anne García-Romero, Idris Goodwin, Enid Graham, Arlene Hutton, Lila Rose Kaplan, William Davies King, Jenny Mercein, Brian Otaño, Lynn Rosen, Cheri Steinkellner, James Still, Alison Tatlock, Annie Torsiglieri, John Walch, Cheryl L. West and Sheri Wilner.
Product Code: AN3000
Comedy | Drama
College | Community | Professional
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March 2020. As California entered a “stay at home” order due to the coronavirus pandemic, UC Santa Barbara’s LAUNCH PAD commissioned 24 distinguished playwrights to pen monologues and short plays inspired by the prompt “Alone, Together” and written to be performed live on Zoom. These 39 extraordinary pieces reflect the moment of lockdown and capture our longing for connection. This is a collection born of a moment, but one that will live on for the ages. Learn More
The House that Jack Built (2m., 3w.) is about a clash of old traditions and new love and the mysterious heartbreak that comes with getting what you think you want. Appoggiatura (3m., 3w., 1 or more either gender.) is about longing, grieving, ghosts and heartbreak, all set against the funny and tender path toward healing. Miranda (2m., 3w.) weaves a taut story of what happens as operatives become emotionally intertwined in the intimate lives of their assets against the high stakes of the agency’s work.
This trilogy is loosely based on the Hindu trinity of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Sustainer and Shiva the Destroyer. The deities are displaced into contemporary immigrants in the West, creating a new cosmology for the Indian diaspora and anyone who doesn't fit in. While each play is a different style and can stand alone, they also coexist in a common universe where displacement, identity, post-colonialism and puberty are explored. Learn More
This collection, written about teenagers for teenage actors, captures teens' archetypal search for identity and purpose. An inventive dramaturgy makes these plays both objects and vehicles for the student actors' meaningful explorations. Funny and real, the characters who populate this collection appeal to high-school actors because students recognize themselves in the characters.
These plays deal with sophisticated themes—race, gender, social justice, class, ability—all in a youth-centered, nondogmatic way. This is the anthology that tells the story of a field that grew up while still embracing the whimsy and wonder of childhood. Learn More
Charles Busch has been called "a comic playwright of the first order," and this collection puts the spotlight on the hilarious monologues and two-character scenes from his many plays that have kept audiences in stitches for more than three decades. It is an invaluable resource for actors seeking unique audition or competition material but can also be appreciated by readers simply enjoying the work of a brilliant comic imagination.
American history is rich and varied, and playwrights have long mined its treasures to create inspired and inspiring pieces for the stage. This anthology brings together 32 monologues, duets and trios that are perfect for auditions, scene work, full-evening presentations and drama-across-the-curriculum projects of all kinds. Important in their own times, these American stories brought to life by award-winning playwrights resonate in today's world and provide unlimited opportunities for exploration, discussion and performance.